Today was day one of excavations. We opened four new squares in Field G, three following the path of the plastered [water] channel down towards the presumed water system and the fourth following the bend in the city wall to the northeast. Down in the Islamic Village one new square was opened in order to continue excavating the southeastern extent of the khan excavated in previous seasons.
We left for the tell around 5am and stopped working around noon. We cut out early because a khamsin was blowing in, it was hot and became almost impossible to dig with all the wind and dust whipping around.